The Friends of Lake Sonoma welcomes you!

The Friends of Lake Sonoma is a cadre of volunteers that supports the interpretive and educational programs managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Sonoma.  Due to federal budget shortfalls, we also provide funding to help maintain the park and keep key facilities -- including the Milt Brandt Visitors Center -- open to public access.  We welcome your help -- financially through monetary and in-kind donations or through your service as a park volunteer! 

Deer hunting season opens in July!

Dear hunting season opens in July!  We have yet to be notified how many bucks the California Department of Fish & Wildlife will allow to be taken this year, but reservations are now being taken for semi-guided deer hunting sessions from mid-July to mid-September.  Contact Jayson Collard at  This is a unique opportunity to hunt in areas of the park that are generally closed to the public.  Archery/crossbow only!

Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival is February 11th!

It was another fantastic Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival!  An estimated 6,000 people enjoyed food, beer, wine, music and everything related to Steelhead Trout!  We thank everyone who made it such a tremendous success.  Now, save the date!  Saturdsay, Feb. 11, 2017.  Rain or shine, we'll do it again! 

Milt Brandt Visitors Center

The Milt Brandt Visitors Center at Lake Sonoma is now open daily!  Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Friends of Lake Sonoma is looking for volunteers to help staff the center and give fish hatchery tours during the Steelhead Run, which is January through April.  If you can help, contact us at 

We tip our cap to this year's Steelhead Festival sponsors!

The Friends of Lake Sonoma proudly salutes the following companies and organizations that were sponsors of the 2016 Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival.

Sonoma County Winegrape Commission (Gold Sponsor)

American AgCredit (Silver Sponsor)

Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley (Wine Sponsor)

Bear Republic Brewing Company (Beer Sponsor)

Brandt Insurance, The Belli Corporation (Westec Tank), Bowland Vineyard Management, Exchange Bank,  Lake Sonoma Marina, Sonoma County Airport Express, Vineyard Industry Products and the Russian River Watershed Association (Steelhead Sponsors)

Board of Directors

Linda Clapp, chairman

Rich Thomas, vice chairman

Tony Pettis, treasurer

Mark Thayer, secretary


Directors: Dora Azevedo, Nikki Baxes, Harry Bosworth, Joe Brandt, Jayson Collard, Dan Harting, Rick Herbert, Donna Meier, Brad Sherwood, Kasey Wade and Burrell Wyle.


Directors Emeritus:  Gordon Amrein, Paul Finn, Dave Harmeson, Phil Pinto, Arnold Santucci, Ken Screechfield

Tax Status

The Friends of Lake Sonoma is recognized as a non-profit cooperative association under section 501 (c) 3 of the United State Internal Revenue Service tax code.  Our tax identification number is 94-2260679.  We operate on a fiscal year from January 1 to December 31.  Monetary and in-kind donations to the Friends of Lake Sonoma are considered to be tax deductible, unless limited by law.


The Friends of Lake Sonoma relies on strong partnerships with key govenmental agencies and businesses, including:

United States Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District

Sonoma County Water Agency

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

National Environmental Education & Training Foundation

Toyota Motor Sales USA

Back Country Horsemen of California -- North Bay Chapter

Bike Monkey

Sonoma County Bowmen

United Flyers of Sonoma County

Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley




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